Should You Replace Your Water Heater?


Your water heater’s days are numbered. But is it time to replace it? That question isn’t always easy to answer, since — like your other major appliances — it’s not stamped with an expiration date. That doesn’t mean you can’t tell when it’s time for a new water heater. Follow this simple checklist from Ace Plumbing to help determine whether you should repair or replace your water heater.

Discolored Water

Metal components that are exposed to water can rust over time. That rust will then leach into your hot water, either leaving it discolored coming out of the tap, or leaving a rusty ring around the drain. If that happens, it’s time for a replacement.

Odd Smells

Minerals can build up in your hot water heater, as can bacteria. Both of these things can contribute to your water having an odd smell. When caught early, these problems can be repaired; in advanced cases (or in tandem with other problems), replacement is better.

Strange Noises

Whether your water heater uses an electric element or is gas-fired, you may notice strange noises coming from it. These can be caused by blockages, mineral deposits, and other common issues. We’ll troubleshoot to determine the best course of action.

Cooler Water

If you notice that your hot water isn’t as hot as it used to be, your first step should be to check the thermostat. Many of us turn the temperature down on our water heater for the summer and then forget to turn it back up when it’s colder out. If that isn’t the source of your problems, call us.

Higher Energy Bills

You should be servicing your water heater on a regular basis. If you fail to do so, you increase the odds of expensive repairs or failure down the road. But you’ll also feel the pain when your energy bills come due, since a poorly maintained water heater has to work harder to heat water, and that costs money too!

Frequent Water Heater Repairs

Ace Plumbing is always happy to help with your water heater repairs. But if you’re finding those repairs keep getting more expensive and are coming closer together than they should, you’re likely to decide that a new water heater is less frustrating and more cost effective.


This is one of the most common, and best, reasons to replace nearly any appliance. You may never have had a problem with your water heater, but if it’s eight years old or older (or if it’s been there so long you’ve no clue how old it is), call us. Newer water heaters aren’t just more efficient than one that’s aged; they’re also much safer.

A new water heater can save you money long-term, not only on energy bills but also on repairs to your water heater and even to your home. In order to discuss your options and arrive at an educated decision, call Ace Plumbing. We can help with plumbing repairs, new water heaters, and even on-demand water heaters that are more efficient than their traditional counterparts.